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Morales hits two HRs, Weaver K's 11 as Angels rout Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Take away Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero, and the Los Angeles Angels still have one potent offense.

Kendry Morales hit two three-run homers to finish with a career-high six RBI and the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 13-4 on Sunday to sweep their three-game series.

Los Angeles has won 13 of 15 to improve to an AL-best 63-40 on the year, and Morales is a big reason why. He is batting .368 with nine homers and 24 RBI in his last 17 games.

"I'm just taking care of doing my job," Morales said through an interpreter. "It's about me being able to do the job day after day."

Morales hit his 22nd homer in the fifth as the Angels opened the inning with five straight hits to chase Glen Perkins. He connected again in the eighth to give Los Angeles a 13-4 lead.

The production of Morales and Bobby Abreu, who had two hits, have kept the Angels atop the American League even with their best two hitters gone.

"Thank God they're getting out of here," Twins right fielder Denard Span said. "The last two days, they were just pretty much stealing our lunch money, kicking our butts."

Jered Weaver (11-3) struck out a career-high 11 in 6 1/3 innings for the Angels, allowing four runs and four hits.

Justin Morneau hit his 28th homer and newly acquired Orlando Cabrera also went deep for Minnesota. Cabrera was obtained in a trade with Oakland on Friday.

Perkins had allowed just one run over 16 innings against the Angels in two career starts. But they didn't miss anything this weekend, finishing with 35 runs in the series.

"This was just as much of a 'wrong place at the wrong time' than the quality of our team or the quality of our pitchers or anything like that," said Perkins, who gave up nine runs, eight earned and 12 hits.

Even little-used Sean Rodriguez, batting ninth, contributed for the Angels. He homered in the second inning and finished with three RBI in his 12th game of the season.

Notes

  • Twins LHP Francisco Liriano said his bullpen session went well. He missed his last start due to soreness and swelling in his forearm, but is on track to start on Wednesday at Cleveland.
  • Span reached over the foul wall in right field to make a sprinting grab in the third inning. The play impressed his friend Hunter, an eight-time Gold Glove winner, who smiled as he watched the play from the Angels' dugout. "I can't let him leave without him seeing a little something from his little protege," Span said.
 
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Jered Weaver does his part on the mound as he strikes out a career-high 11 batters.  (AP)
Jered Weaver does his part on the mound as he strikes out a career-high 11 batters. (AP)

Players of the Game
Anaheim

K. Morales
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
Anaheim

J. Weaver
IP 6.1
H 4
ER 4
BB 2
K 11
 

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Los Angeles Angels
Chone Figgins, 3B4110221 .313
Erick Aybar, SS5210113 .309
Bobby Abreu, DH4220102 .322
   a- Robb Quinlan, PH-DH1000001 .244
Juan Rivera, RF3112000 .316
    Reggie Willits, RF0000000 .217
Kendry Morales, 1B5236000 .299
Howie Kendrick, 2B5120012 .273
Gary Matthews Jr., CF5220001 .245
Jeff Mathis, C5120023 .200
    Bobby Wilson, C0000000 .000
Sean Rodriguez, LF3113100 .200
Totals4013151156  
a-grounded out for Abreu in the 9th
Batting
2B - Howie Kendrick (12, Perkins)
HR - Kendry Morales 2 (23, Perkins, Mijares), Sean Rodriguez (2, Perkins)
SF - Juan Rivera 2 (4), Sean Rodriguez (1)
RBI - Juan Rivera 2 (60), Kendry Morales 6 (69), Sean Rodriguez 3 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Kendrick-Aybar-Morales
Los Angeles Angels
Jered Weaver (W,11-3) 6.14442112 3.79
Justin Speier 0.2100020 4.62
Shane Loux 2100100 5.03
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 114-72, Justin Speier 7-7, Shane Loux 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 3-4, Shane Loux 4-1
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 24, Justin Speier 3, Shane Loux 7
Minnesota Twins
Denard Span, RF3100120 .288
Orlando Cabrera, SS3111111 .282
Joe Mauer, C4021011 .355
Justin Morneau, 1B4111002 .308
Jason Kubel, DH3110120 .302
Delmon Young, LF4000012 .258
Brendan Harris, 3B4011010 .263
Carlos Gomez, CF3000031 .231
Alexi Casilla, 2B3000021 .166
Totals31464313  
Batting
2B - Joe Mauer (16, Loux), Jason Kubel (22, Jer. Weaver)
HR - Orlando Cabrera (5, Jer. Weaver), Justin Morneau (28, Jer. Weaver)
RBI - Orlando Cabrera (43), Joe Mauer (59), Justin Morneau (86), Brendan Harris (28)
SB - Denard Span (17, 2nd base off Jer. Weaver/Mathis)
PK - Joe Mauer (1, Jer. Weaver)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
PB - Joe Mauer 2 (5)
E - Orlando Cabrera (15, Misplayed grounder)
Minnesota Twins
Glen Perkins (L,6-7) 41298122 5.95
Brian Duensing 3022320 5.19
Jose Mijares 1222111 2.72
R.A. Dickey 1100010 4.20
WP - Brian Duensing (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Glen Perkins 78-55, Brian Duensing 52-29, Jose Mijares 27-13, R.A. Dickey 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Glen Perkins 4-6, Brian Duensing 6-2, R.A. Dickey 1-1
Batters Faced - Glen Perkins 25, Brian Duensing 13, Jose Mijares 6, R.A. Dickey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41079
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Brian Gorman